The NPB announced on November 15 that the following seven players filed for free agency. Team will be able to negotiate with free agents beginning on November 16.
|Pos||Name JPN||Name ENG||Age||Type||2017 Team||2017 Salary||Class||Compensation||YakyuDB|
|P||野上 亮磨||Nogami, Ryoma||30||Domestic||Seibu||50.00M||B||Yomiuri|
|P||増井 浩俊||Masui, Hirotoshi||33||Domestic||Nippon Ham||220.00M||A||Orix|
|INF||大和||Maeda, Yamato||30||Domestic||Hanshin||50.00M||B||Yuya Onaka + 40% salary||Yokohama|
|C||鶴岡 慎也||Tsuruoka, Shinya||36||International||Softbank||76.00M||C||n/a|
|P||平野 佳寿||Hirano, Yoshihisa||33||International||Orix||300.00M||A|
|C||大野 奨太||Ono, Shota||30||International||Nippon Ham||55.00M||B||Chunichi|
|P||涌井 秀章||Wakui, Hideaki||31||International||Lotte||250.00M||A|
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The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that they reached agreements with pitchers Mike Bolsinger and Edgar Olmos. Uniform numbers have not yet been assigned.
The media is reporting that Bolsinger agreed to a deal worth 800,000 US dollars and Olmos 600,000 US dollars. Both figures are estimates.0 Comments
The Hanshin Tigers announced today that they reached an agreement with twenty-eight-year-old Wilin Rosario. He was assigned the uniform number 20. The Tigers released the following statement from Rosario:
I am proud to become one of the Tigers. I asked Japanese coaches and staff about Japan because I was interested and I am excited about being able to play in Japan next season. My performance in the KBO gave me the chance to emark on a new opportunity in Japan. I will use my experiences in the KBO to help me play.
According to media reports, the two sides either agreed on a one-year contract worth an estimated three million US dollars, or a two-year deal worth an estimated 7.5 million US dollars.
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The Chunichi Dragons held a press conference today to announce their newest addition in Shota Ono. He was assigned the uniform number 27.
According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a three-year contract worth somewhere between 250 and 270 million yen.
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The Seibu Lions announced on December 12 that Tomoya Mori will return to Japan after he hurt his left knee. Mori felt discomfort in the knee while running out an infield grounder during a Melbourne Aces game three to four days ago.
Mori’s condition does not seem to be serious, but the Lions did not want to take any chances and decided to call him back from Australia. He will undergo tests after he returns to Japan.
Source: Tokyo Sports 12/12/2017
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Thirty-seven-year-old Kyuji Fujikawa finished the second year of a two-year deal this season. Earlier today, he agreed to a new one-year contract worth an estimated 200 million yen* (no change from this season).
Fujikawa pitched in fifty-two games this season and compiled a 2.22 ERA and 1.15 WHIP over 56.2 innings of work.
* or 150 million yen (no change) depending on the source.0 Comments
The Seibu Lions announced today that they reached agreements with pitchers Neil Wagner and Fabio Castillo. The thirty-three-year-old Wagner was assigned the uniform number 12 and the twenty-eight-year-old Castillo the number 47.
According to media reports, Wagner’s deal will be worth 800,000 US dollars and Castillo’s 900,000 US dollars. The Lions are planning to use Wagner in relief and Castillo in the starting rotation.0 Comments
The media learned on December 11 that the Softbank Hawks will allow Dennis Sarfate to skip spring camp next year. Kimiyasu Kudo told reporters he trusts Sarfate to handle his own training and that he wanted to give the veteran more time to be with his family.
Sarfate will join the team in March.
Source: Daily Sports 12/12/20170 Comments
Nippon Ham Fighters’ General Manager Hiroshi Yoshimura told reporters on December 11 that they received a list of unprotected players from the Orix Buffaloes (free agent compensation for Hirotoshi Masui). They will decide what to do once they also receive a list from the Chunichi Dragons (free agent compensation for Shota Ono).
Source: Sponichi 12/12/20170 Comments
The NPB held a meeting on December 11 and confirmed/approved a number of dates for the 2018 season.
Source: Nikkan Sports 12/11/20170 Comments
Seibu Lions’ official Haruhiko Suzuki told the media on December 11 that they received a list of unprotected players from the Yomiuri Giants. The Lions will check the list to see if there is a player they want as part of their compensation package for losing Ryoma Nogami. They are hoping to reach a decision by December 25.0 Comments